Graduation ceremonies

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

A day to celebrate.

Your graduation ceremony is a very special occasion. It’s a chance to celebrate your academic achievements with classmates, friends, family and staff.

From dress hire to studio-quality photos, we have plenty of ways to make your big day special. Keep reading to learn more.

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Upcoming ceremonies

2022 graduation ceremonies

Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Tuesday 23 August
  • Monday 19 December
  • Tuesday 20 December

Note: Ceremony allocations, dates, times and venues are subject to change.

Venue

Federation Concert Hall
Hotel Grand Chancellor
1 Davey Street, Hobart

The Hotel Grand Chancellor offers a special accommodation rate to graduands, and their families and friends.

Preparing for your graduation

  • When you’re eligible to graduate, we’ll contact your university email. You’ll be asked to check your details, and we’ll share some important information about your ceremony.
  • Contact us by email at U.Connect@utas.edu.au if you have any concerns or queries.

Register to attend your graduation ceremony

Registrations for our Hobart May ceremonies will open 12noon on 12 April and close 5pm on 26 April. You will receive an email when registration opens with a link to your graduation registration.

When you register for your ceremony, you can book:

  1. A ticket for your seat at your graduation.
  2. Your guest tickets, including:
    • Up to two guest tickets at no charge.
    • Up to two additional guest tickets at $25.00 per ticket (depending on venue capacity)
      Your guests can also watch live on our YouTube channel).
  3. Other graduation services in advance, such as studio photography, if required. (It is not a requirement to book in advance for graduation services. You may do this on the day of your graduation).

If you’re not planning on attending your ceremony, you don’t need to register. Check the attendance FAQs below for further information.

Watch our fun video to find out everything you didn't think you needed to know about what to do at your ceremony.

What to do on the day

  • Collect your academic dress the day before your ceremony. Read the academic dress FAQs for more information, including collection times.
  • Please make sure you print your tickets or have them ready on your mobile device.
  • Leave plenty of time to find parking, the venue, and be seated.
  • Please arrive at the venue 45 minutes before the ceremony begins. It’s a good idea to leave plenty of time to find parking and be seated.

You will be allocated a seat for your graduation.

  • Please be seated 30 minutes before your ceremony’s commencement time.
  • Ushers will be there to help you find your seat. As you will graduate in the order you are seated, it’s very important that you do not swap seats with anyone else.

Guest seating is general admission.

  • All guests are required to have a valid ticket for the ceremony. They should be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony commencement time.
  • As guests will not have allocated seats, please let them know to arrive early to get the position they want.
  • Please note, guests will not usually be admitted after the ceremony has started.
  • Wheelchair access is available at all venues. If you or your guests have accessibility requirements, such as using a wheelchair, crutches or a guide dog, please let us know by emailing graduation@utas.edu.au.

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions with several speeches and are, therefore, not always suitable for young children.

Please consider the length and timing of graduation ceremonies when thinking about bringing children. Each ceremony is 90 minutes in length with many formal speeches.

Children will require a ticket unless sitting on a carer’s lap.

Each ceremony begins with a procession of university leadership and academics to the stage. The Chancellor will then deliver some opening remarks and the Occasional Address will be made by the guest speaker.

Graduates and diplomates will cross the stage and be presented to the Chancellor. Graduates and diplomates then acknowledge the Chancellor by doffing their hat before being congratulated.

Whilst on stage, you’ll have the chance to pose for a photograph with the Chancellor. You’ll be given your testamur, academic transcript and alumni pin.

The ceremony usually lasts for 90 minutes. Afterwards, the Chancellor will invite you and your guests to refreshments.

Travel and accommodation

Due to COVID-19, travel restrictions are constantly changing. It’s important to stay up to date with the latest information before you make any arrangements. You can find the latest information on coming to Tasmania at coronavirus.tas.gov.au.

We do not recommend arranging travel for interstate or overseas guests until you have a valid ticket for them to attend your graduation ceremony.

  • In Launceston and Hobart there are coaches that will take you from the airport directly to your accommodation.
  • Ceremony venues are centrally located in their respective cities, and are easily accessible by bus or taxi, or even walking.
  • Car hire: Special rates are available to graduates. Contact Europcar on 1800 030 118 and quote 50020833 for the special rate.
  • For airline connections please consult your own local travel agent who will advise you on domestic air services within Australia as an add-on to international travel.

Town and Gown

The Town and Gown parades are a special feature of our summer graduations. This is a chance for the entire community to celebrate the achievements of our graduates. You will need to register to join the Town and Gown parade in your city. You can do this when you register to attend your graduation ceremony.

Graduation services

You can book and pay for graduation services in advance. However, except for academic dress hire, you can also do this on the day of your graduation.

Academic dress

While it isn’t mandatory, we encourage all graduands to wear academic dress. It’s a great way to make the most of the occasion. You can hire your gown and colours when you register for your ceremony.

Graduation photography

There’s no better way to commemorate the occasion that a professional studio photo with your family and friends. Our photographers attend each ceremony.

Stage photography

We’ll also be there to capture your big moment on stage. You will be able to download this photo free of charge.

Certificate framing & plaques

You can choose from a range of professional frames with embossed mats, perfect for displaying your certificate after the ceremony. We also offer plaques as an elegant alternative to your certificate.

Keepsakes

To celebrate and remember your graduation, a range of keepsakes and branded merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.

Testamur certified copies

A photocopy service is available at each ceremony. You can have your certificate colour-copied before you frame it. Copies are useful for applying for jobs in countries other than Australia.

Frequently asked questions

Attendance requirements

You don't need to apply to graduate. You’ll receive a graduation eligibility letter from the Graduation Office in mid-June for Winter graduations and mid-October for December graduations. This will confirm your potential eligibility to graduate, subject to completing any last course requirements and payment of outstanding fees. You can also find your graduation information in eStudent.

Find out more about eligibility (student portal).

You can’t defer your graduation, but you don’t have to attend your ceremony if you don’t wish to.

If you don’t come to your ceremony, you’ll graduate in absentia. Your documents will be sent to you by Registered Post (within Australia) or EMS Courier (overseas) after the conclusion of the graduation round. If your documents are being sent to a non-Australian address, please allow extra time for delivery.

You’ll receive a digital testamur, academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS). These documents will be available in My eQuals, and you will receive an email in the days following graduation to let you know when you can view these documents, as well as instructions on how to register with the My eQuals website.

You can always attend a ceremony in the future if you decide later. Refer to 'Can I attend a future ceremony instead?' below.

If you’ve already registered and no longer wish to attend, you can update your order online via the link in your registration confirmation email. Your registration will then be cancelled and you will be issued a refund.

If you decide you want to attend, and it’s still within the registration period, you can go ahead and register.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late registrations. If you don’t register by the close date (or earlier if a ceremony reaches capacity), you’ll have to wait until a future round of graduation ceremonies.

You can always attend a ceremony in the future if you decide later. This is called ‘attending as a walk-through’, which is the same as everyone else except you won’t receive a testamur and transcript, because you already have them.

Your name will appear in the graduation program of the earlier ceremony, and you’ll be presented with a 'blank' certificate. This allows you to have your degree conferred at the appropriate time, while still having the opportunity to participate in a ceremony at a time convenient to you.

Please contact graduation@utas.edu.au to be included in the current graduation round.

Academic Dress

  • While we do not make academic dress compulsory, we would prefer all those participating in the ceremony to wear it. The academic dress set includes a gown, a mortar board or bonnet, and a hood and/or stole.
  • Our graduation ceremonies are a formal occasion, and students and guests are encouraged to dress appropriately. As a general guide, think of what would be suitable for a special dinner or a job interview.
  • The colours associated with academic dress generally distinguish the college you belong to (or, in some cases, the discipline within a college). You’ll be provided with the correct dress for your award as per our Academic Dress Guide PDF 138.1 KB. Please note that academic dress not sourced through our preferred supplier may not provide you with regalia that is an exact match.
  • If you are receiving a diploma or certificate, and you already have a degree, you should wear the appropriate academic dress for the highest degree you’ve been awarded.
  • If you’re receiving a double degree, and are graduating for both degrees in one ceremony, you’ll only need to place one order.
  • Our academic dress is patterned on that used at the University of Oxford.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to wear a coloured scarf to celebrate their cultural heritage, supplied by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership.
  • When you register to attend your ceremony, you will be able to hire your academic dress from the University's preferred supplier.
  • Payment is required at the time of booking academic dress.
  • Academic dress hire prices vary depending on your requirements - as a general rule:
    • Full set:  $90 includes gown, hood/stole & mortarboard
    • Doctor of Philosophy full set: $90 includes gown, hood & bonnet
    • Hood/stole only:  $30
  • May Hobart ceremonies
    Mon 2 May
    1.00pm-3.00pm (1pm ceremony collections)
    3.00pm-5.00pm (4pm ceremony collections)
    Grand Ballroom, upper level of the hotel
    Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 1 Davey Street

  • If you're unable to make the designated collection time for your ceremony, someone can collect on your behalf provided they have your order confirmation. Alternatively, you can collect your academic dress from 11am on the day of your graduation. Please arrive early to allow plenty of time to collect prior to your ceremony.
  • Please return your academic dress no later than two hours after your ceremony concludes, unless you've made prior arrangements with our gown hire provider.
  • Failure to return academic dress on time may incur a charge equivalent to the purchase price of the regalia. Purchase price is three times the hire price.
  • Academic dress is worn over your normal attire. 
    • Please note that what you’re wearing underneath will be visible. For this reason, business attire and comfortable shoes are highly recommended. The gowns are quite heavy, so you may want to remove any jackets.
    • Gown: The gown is worn over the top of your clothing like a jacket. Undergraduates’ arms go through the sleeve, while postgraduate students’ arms slide through an opening in the sleeve.
    • Hood: For all degrees, the hood is then placed over the top of your gown and worn with the colour hanging down the back of the gown and the V at the front of your neck.
    • Mortarboard: The Mortarboard is worn with the shallow part to the front of your head and the deep part at the back of the head, with the tassel placed on the left (over your left ear).
  • If you’re confused about your academic dress, don’t worry. Staff will be there to help you.

When you place your order online, you’ll have the option to select your size, based on your height. You’ll be fitted for the correct size when you pick up your academic dress.

SIZEHEIGHT (cm)HEIGHT (ft)
XXS 130 - 150 cm 4'2" - 4'9"
XS 150 - 160 cm 4'9" - 5'3"
S 160 - 170 cm 5'3" - 5'6"
M 170 - 180 cm 5'6" - 5'9"
L 180 - 190 cm 5'9" - 6'2"
XL 190 cm + 6'2" +

Graduating during COVID-19

  • Physical or social distancing continues to be the strongest safeguard to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Government protocols recommends a safe distance of no less than 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • To meet current guidelines, a two square metres per person rule will apply at all venues, in accordance with the maximum density limit.
  • The wearing of masks in venues is not currently mandated in Tasmania. However, the latest information is available at Tasmanian Government - Coronavirus. Visitors to our graduation venue may choose to continue wearing masks in settings where social distancing is not possible, but it is not mandatory.
  • No, it is not compulsory to wear a mask in this setting. So bring your best smile!
  • Yes, graduation ceremonies are general admission, so guests will not have allocated seats. It’s best to arrive early to get the position you want.

Email U.Connect@utas.edu.au so that we can organise your refund after the graduation round. Your graduation documents will be posted out to you in January. Please make sure your preferred postal address is updated in eStudent as soon as possible. You can also attend a future graduation ceremony.

Our alumni community

As a graduate of the University of Tasmania, you’re part of a vibrant global family of over 130,000 of our alumni. Our alumni live and work on all continents around the world and across approximately 112 countries.

We encourage our global alumni family to keep in contact so we can continue to keep you informed about the opportunities and networks available to you. And if you want to revisit your graduation ceremony, you can find links to past graduation videos on the Alumni page as well.

Our alumni community